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An Interview with Elizabeth Rogers and Onesmo Kenneth, Kuunda 3D
March 11, 2016
The topic of 3D printing has long interested us at Castle Ink, even to the point that we now stock 3D printer filament and are an authorized reseller of the Micro3D printer. At any rate, we always seek to provide broad coverage of the entire printing spectrum from traditional 2D printing all the way to 3D. To that end, we bring you the next segment in our Expert Interviews Series. In yet another great example of how 3D printing can change a community, we had the privilege of speaking with Elizabeth Rogers and Onesmo Kenneth who chose to co-found Kuunda 3D in Tanzania and began operations just this past November. Their mission is simple and direct: "Kuunda 3D creates content and programs to empower the next and current generations of entrepreneurs to create amazing solutions to local and global problems. "
The interview was conducted via email and our questions with their answers appear below:
1) When was Kuunda founded and why? Who are the key employees?
2) Is there any significance or story behind the name "Kuunda"
3) What is your academic background and how has that helped your shift into 3D printing?
Onesmo: I have a BA in philosophy and human sciences and an MA in Research and Policy Analysis. In my MA classes I also did the MBA courses as my secondary courses. Throughout my development work I have enjoyed creating new ideas that translate into improving livelihoods, and the aspect of creating a new business that will make youth more entrepreneurial is one of my key motivational aspects for creating this business
4) How hard is it to start a 3D printing movement where you are in Africa, given the limits with access to technology and in some places reliable internet and power sources?
5) What type(s) of printers are you using currently as part of your work? What types of materials?
6) What barriers, if any, did you face as a woman getting into the 3D printing industry? What barriers, in your opinion, do the children, especially the girls, face in learning about technology where you are working?
7) What are the costs to your 3D printing services, if any? Do you have a government or some type of NGO helping to subsidize costs?
8) What are some of the neatest objects you have seen people create thus far after they have been taught to work with the technology?
9) What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of your work so far?
Onesmo: The most rewarding aspect for me is the appreciation from the market despite the humble beginning. We are receiving orders from East Africa and the served clients confirm that the products meet their expectations. It shows me that we can advance this market for the future 3D experts that we are currently training.
10) Where do you see Kunnda3D in the next 3-5 years? What are you hoping to accomplish that you haven't already?
About Kuunda 3D
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We are former teachers, consultants, scientists and entrepreneurs who have a strong passion for innovation and education and getting technology into the hands of those who may not otherwise access it.